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MRDS Announces the NEW Barbara D. Palmer Award
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0272  Sunday, 31 May 2009

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Date:       Saturday, 30 May 2009 15:33:12 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:    MRDS Announces the NEW Barbara D. Palmer Award

ANNOUNCEMENT OF
THE BARBARA D. PALMER AWARD
FOR THE BEST NEW ESSAY IN EARLY DRAMA ARCHIVES RESEARCH

The Executive Committee of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society 
(MRDS) has established an annual Barbara D. Palmer Award to honour our 
friend and colleague Barbara Palmer, retired Professor of English at the 
University of Mary Washington, and Scholar-in-Residence, Mary Baldwin 
College, MLitt/MFA Program.

Prof. Palmer is the author of _The Early Art of the West Riding of 
Yorkshire_ in the EDAM series (1990) and is currently editing the 
Records of Early English Drama collections for Yorkshire West Riding and 
Derbyshire. She has written a series of influential articles on medieval 
and Renaissance drama; one of her most recent, 'Early Modern Mobility: 
Players, Payments, and Patrons', _Shakespeare Quarterly_ 56.3 (2005), 
259-305, won MRDS's Martin Stevens Award for the Best New Essay in Early 
Drama Studies in 2006. Her research on the unique manuscript of the 
Towneley plays and their associated documents ('Recycling "The Wakefield 
Cycle": The Records', _Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama_ 61 
[2002], 88-130) has changed forever the way we view that collection of 
plays.

Barbara has been an outstanding contributor to Early Drama studies as a 
scholar, teacher, mentor, and administrator. She brings meticulous 
standards to her research and astute intelligence and generous 
commitment to any organization she belongs to. She played a foundational 
role in the early years of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society 
and continues to participate actively and annually in its sponsored 
sessions at Kalamazoo. At REED she has been instrumental in reactivating 
the Executive Board and has served as its Secretary since 2002. 
Previously she selflessly spent weeks of detailed preparation as the 
applicant for several major NEH grants for REED's broader purposes and 
for the collections of other editors. She continues to contribute to and 
delight in original practice productions mounted by the American 
Shakespeare Center at the Blackfriars Theatre, Staunton, VA, and by 
Poculi Ludique Societas at the University of Toronto.

To honour Prof. Palmer's deep commitment to archival research and its 
power to transform interpretation of early modern drama in its 
historical context, the Executive Committee of the Medieval and 
Renaissance Drama Society has established a prize for the best new essay 
in early drama studies based on original research using published or 
unpublished records: The Barbara D. Palmer Award for the Best New Essay 
in Early Drama Archives Research.

HOW TO DONATE TO THE PALMER AWARD FUND

We are currently accepting pledges and donations to the Palmer Award 
Fund. If you would like to recognize achievement in early drama archives 
research by sending a tax-deductible donation to the fund, please visit 
the MRDS website <mrds.eserver.org>, where you will find a downloadable 
pledge form at

<http://mrds.eserver.org/awards/palmer-award-pledge-donation-form.pdf/view>.

Questions regarding the Barbara D. Palmer Award Fund may be directed to 
Prof. Alexandra Johnston, Records of Early English Drama 
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